The Los Altos History Museum offers a variety of full and part time career opportunities. 
If you are interested in a position at the Museum, please submit your resume and letter of interest to:

Elisabeth Ward
Los Altos History Museum
51 S. San Antonio Road
Los Altos, CA 94022

The Los Altos History Museum is an equal opportunity employer. Please be advised that due to the high volume of applicants, we can only contact those candidates whose qualifications meet the requirements of the open positions.

Current Openings

Development Officer


Salary $35-50/Hr

Opened in 1977 in the heart of our civic center, the Los Altos History Museum is a highly successful community museum located about 30 miles south of San Francisco. The 1.36 acre Museum complex consists of a 1905 historic house furnished as an orchardist’s home in the 1930s, a modern 3-story 8,200-square-foot museum building, and outdoor agricultural displays, next to a heritage orchard. We feature top-quality, award-winning original exhibitions and superior curriculum–based education programs amid an active schedule of lectures, programs, family activities and special events which attract diverse audiences. Serving over 21,000 people a year from all around the Bay Area, the private nonprofit Association of the Los Altos Historical Museum manages the collections and archives owned by the City of Los Altos and other lenders. The Museum is fortunate to have tremendous community support and a talented volunteer network. Our annual budget is funded by individual donations, municipal support, grants, membership, bequests, special events, gift store sales and an event rentals program.

The Museum is currently in a $1.4 million dollar Capital Campaign to completely renovate the permanent exhibition, and we are looking for a Development Officer to guide the Public Phase of this effort after a very successful Quiet Phase. The successful candidate will provide agreed upon services as defined by Executive Director. Some duties can be done remotely. Schedule agreed upon at time of hire; may be less than full-time.


One of a small professional staff, the Development Officer is a creative and organized professional responsible for generating enthusiasm for the Museum’s mission and Capital Campaign. As part of a team including the Executive Director, Exhibit Curator, Collection Strategist, Outreach Coordinator, and Office Administrator, the Development Officer forwards the Museum’s strategic initiatives. This exempt position reports directly to the Executive Director and coordinates several volunteer committees. A $250,000 fundraising goal for the Public Phase of the Capital Campaign must be met.

Duties include:

  • Work closely with the Executive Director and Fundraising Committee to execute on the launch of the Public Phase of the Capital Campaign with a public event on or around February 1, 2021.
  • Manage creation of effective and inspiring collateral material to support the Public Phase of the Capital Campaign in collaboration with the Marketing and Communications team.
  • Utilize CMS database to identify strong prospects for the Public Phase of the Capital Campaign and develop, with the Leadership Team, strategies to approach appropriate segments.
  • Develop a series of successful fundraising events to create excitement around the Public Phase of the Capital Campaign in collaboration with the Fundraising Committee, including soliciting auction items and/or sponsorships.
  • Develop acknowledgement strategies for donors to both the Quiet Phase and Public Phase.
  • Provide communication to donors, membership and the public about the progress of the campaign in coordination with the Public Relations Committee.
  • Appropriately set and achieve goals for individual fundraising events to ensure plans for reopening the Permanent Exhibition in March of 2022 stay on target.
  • Identify untapped markets of interest, and generate ideas, programs and concepts to engage prospective donors.
  • Carry out fundraising activities within established ethical standards and in compliance with local, state, federal and non-profit regulations, guidelines and laws.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience working with cross-functional teams to ensure smooth exchange of information.
  • Experience managing fast-paced events with attention to detail of both the planning and execution.
  • Flexible, versatile and welcoming, able to balance personal creative vision with group cooperation to accomplish goals.
  • Strong public relations skills including ability to develop community collaborations and to foster feelings of inclusion.
  • Able to work independently within established guidelines, and to meet frequent deadlines.
  • Understanding and appreciation for the Museum’s mission and the capability to project that mission to prospective donors and partners.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Knowledgeable of Client Management software such as Donor Perfect (desired), MS Office (required) and Adobe Creative Suite (desired).


  • Experience with successful event planning and event execution.
  • Proven results with Capital Campaigns, fundraising and special events.
  • Bachelor’s degree in business, marketing, public relations, nonprofit management or a related field.
  • Four or more years of demonstrated success in fund development or outside sales.

Job Location: Los Altos, CA (San Francisco Bay Area/Peninsula)

Name: Los Altos History Museum, Nonprofit tax identification number 94-2542813

Los Altos History Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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